Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, stories and memes about the shock and hilarity of working from home with your significant other have peppered the internet. Realizing your partner is a “let’s circle back to that” guy can be jarring. Hearing your better half reiterate their “hard stop” at…


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It hurts you: physically, emotionally, mentally. It drains you. It keeps you on edge.

Depression challenges your sense of self worth, sometimes eliminates it. It makes you certain that you are not enough.

You walk on eggshells around it, hoping not to trigger it. You’re trying to keep it happy.


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Look for fit over prestige.

The moment you make the college search process (or decision-making process) about “fit” instead of a college’s reputation or rank is the moment you shake off half the nerves of the entire application undertaking.

Whether you’re the parent or the student footing the bill, that bill can be astronomical. If…


Mindset of an educator working in an era of on-campus violence

I keep sneakers under my desk at work, which is efficient because having them there forces me to change into my workout clothes before the work day is over so that I go straight to the gym and avoid…


When counselors task students with crafting a list of schools for their preliminary college list, many factors come into play and those considerations can rank in importance in a variety of ways. Size, location, programs offered, internship opportunities, study abroad options, cost, diversity, services offered, acceptance rate: all of these…


Like most, I first “found” Shakespeare in high school. While I enjoyed Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade (and detested Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the tragedy), I truly became enthralled with all things Bard of Avon in college, especially through the guidance of a professor who shaped my initial passion…


The field of school counseling (formerly and more commonly known as guidance counseling) has ebbed, flowed, stalled, and grown over the years, whether that be in terms of services provided or ideologies developed about child and adolescent development. School counseling encompasses personal social/emotional counseling and referrals, academic advising, general transition…

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